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The End

Putting a period on the end of this season is a happy thing for me. For the first time in four years I was actually able to get out and chase again regularly. I can call my season successful because more often than not I drove home from the chase feeling like I accomplished something. A perfectly verified target, some great photos or a lame chase day that rewarded me with a fabulous lightning opportunity; 75% of the storms chased were worth going after.
That said, I think 2008 offered us some of the most trashy storms in a long time. Each day there was a question of cap and seemingly each day, things went up all at once on the front, dryline or boundary. This made for messy chases, confusing tornado counts for many, and waaaay too much precip to see the most basic of structure in many cases.

New to the storm chasers disposal this year was the Severe Studios effort toward offering chasers the ability to stream live video to a web audience, buyers in media and for archiving purposes. I'll admit I embraced this service, and will again next season.
Also new this year was a revamped version of F5Data. Andrew Revering did a great job with the update and increased usability of an already friendly program. This is a subscription service I keep year-round and really enjoy.

This season also brought some of the most bold comments, questions and attacks I have seen in 15 years of chasing.
The Bill Brasky ordeal which was rather fun to sit back and watch was an eye-opener although some of the comments got out of control. Attacks on chasers by other chasers in ST was out of control this season as well and more times than not, threads were oriented around the recklessness of chasers while in the field. The rest of the time people bitched about Severe Studios. Jealousy is a bitch sometimes.

2008 was the year of the accident. Several chasers have been filmed running into ditches, running into tornadoes and otherwise. I'm not sure if this is a result of the fact that there are more chasers on the road or if there are more cameras on dashs set to "record" or streaming live video and catching the incidents. Probably both.

This was the year of the TV show. Timmer and his group are working with Discovery. Keisling and a few others are working on NBC's stab at a storm chasing version of Deadliest Catch. I'm sure the Discovery Channel show will turn out okay but I'm a little worried about the NBC deal since the producer(s) were so obviousaly unprepared to take on a show like this in addition to operating under extremely short notice. I look forward to the end products this fall of both efforts though. This will surly spark another Twisteresque spike of interest in chasing and load another 700-1000 newbs on the road for next season.

I want to thank Hans for putting up with my "extreme" driving and rather poor moods of the other 25% of chases I didn't mention above. He's a helluva navigator, forecaster and is a professional Windows Media Encoder restarter.
Also, thanks to the many people who helped with nowcasting. There is nothing more valuable than being able to make a phone call and get the support you need to make the right decision.

Now it's time to spend my free time on our boat and do a little traveling until the fall season gets here. I've had tons of luck in the fall and always look forward to what it brings.

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